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Onychomycosis and its prevalence in Australia Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail and is estimated to affect up to 1.6 million Australians. Current treatments include antifungal nail lacquers that are applied daily/weekly and prescribed oral medications. Given the slow growth of toenails, it can be frustrating to continue applying the lacquers consistently as it takes at least 3 months to see improvements. In addition, oral medications can interact with other...

What is Peripheral Neuropathy? Peripheral neuropathy refers to the many conditions that involve damage to the peripheral nervous system, the vast communication network that sends signals between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and all other parts of the body. Peripheral nerves send many types of sensory information to the central nervous system (CNS), such as a message that the feet are cold.  Signs and symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms are related to...

Diabetic foot ulcers are a costly complication of diabetes, reducing people’s quality of life, and increasing morbidity, mortality and healthcare expenditure. Additionally, diabetic foot ulcers are the leading cause of lower extremity amputations and cause approximately 2% of all hospitalisations. Therefore, the prevention of diabetic foot ulcers is of paramount importance. Good footwear and socks can greatly lower the risk of diabetic foot ulcers from occurring. Shoes Use of inappropriate footwear or walking barefoot...

Flat feet in children are commonly a major concern for parents. Studies have shown that children are often brought into see a podiatrist because of the appearance of their feet and their gait when they first begin to walk. I’m going to go through the two most common questions we get asked in the clinic by parents and answer them for you, with the aim of putting your mind at...